The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz C-Segment sedan will soon get a makeover. The facelifted version has now arrived onto Indian roads, as the following spyshots indicate. The car’s 3 years old in India, and the time’s right for a mid life intervention. Maruti is likely to add new petrol and turbo diesel engines to the facelifted Ciaz. These engines will eventually make it into other Maruti cars such as the S-Cross and the all-new Ertiga.
Coming to what to expect on the facelifted Ciaz, the front and rear ends of the car are likely to get nip and tuck jobs. DRLs, LED headlamps and tail lamps are likely to be added, the bumpers could see some reprofiling with the front grille getting a re-design. The alloy wheel design is also likely to receive a refresh.
On the inside, expect new features to bring the Ciaz up to scratch with competition – the Honda City Facelift and the all-new Hyundai Verna. With the facelifted Ciaz, Maruti is likely to dump the diesel-hybrid and instead do just a new diesel engine.
GST taxes hybrids at par with non-hybrids, making them pricier and offering no incentive for car makers to offer the mild-hybrid system. The new diesel is expected to displace 1.5 liters and has been developed in-house by Suzuki. As and when this motor makes it to the Ciaz, the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine will be dropped from the car.
A new, naturally aspirated petrol motor – called the M15A – displacing 1.5 liters and outputting 108 Bhp-138 Nm is likely to make it to the facelifted Ciaz. This engine gets a 6 speed, torque converter automatic gearbox in international markets, and a similar combination is likely to be offered in India as well. A 5 speed manual will be standard on both the petrol and diesel versions of the car. The facelifted Ciaz is expected to debut at the 2018 Auto Expo, exactly four years after the current version was first shown.
Spyshots courtesy GaadiWaadi